Legendary rockers KISS, who are currently taking part in a brief tour of Japan, have admitted to using backing tracks while performing their new single, "Samurai Son", one of two songs they recently collaborated on with Japanese pop group MOMOIRO CLOVER Z.
Said KISS in a tweet: "Recorded 'Samurai Son' for Japan. To reproduce production here, we play live with extra tracks. Nothing to hide."
While announcing KISS's 2012 tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was particularly critical about pop artists who use pre-recorded backing tracks in their live shows. He said: "We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them. The guys you see on stage are playing their instruments. No fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an 'A.'"
KISS's first collaboration with MOMORIO CLOVER Z was released on January 28. The track "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" was composed by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho Iwasato. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z performs the song, with KISS providing background vocals and instruments. It was released in two versions — "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" — via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video for the track, featuring both bands, was shot in Las Vegas.
Both the "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" of "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" feature the title track and one same coupling song, but the "KISS Edition" includes the track titled "Samurai Son", which was made using "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" as its base. It is sung by KISS while MOMORIO CLOVER Z members participate on vocals. The "Momoclo Edition" comes with a Blu-ray disc which contains the music video for the title track instead.
"Samurai Son" is also available on KISS's Japanese compilation "Best Of KISS 40", alongside 19 tracks spanning the band's four-decade career and a DVD featuring three exclusive live performances.
MOMORIO CLOVER Z will open for KISS on March 3 at the Tokyo Dome.
Recorded Samurai Son for Japan. To reproduce production here we play live with extra tracks. Nothing to hide. pic.twitter.com/2nGXVwekCW— KISS (@KISSOnline) February 24, 2015